White noise improves focus

White noise is an excellent aide to study and focussed work. White noise iPod loops have been around for a while, but there are now online sources of noise.

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Simply noise allows you to dial up your level of noise, and it simply runs in the background. This is perfect for those times that the office is too loud, and music is too distracting.

For more information on the benefits of white noise for reducing distractions,

How stuff works describes the power of white noise simply:

Here is one way to think about it. Let’s say two people are talking at the same time. Your brain can normally “pick out” one of the two voices and actually listen to it and understand it. If three people are talking simultaneously, your brain can probably still pick out one voice. However, if 1,000 people are talking simultaneously, there is no way that your brain can pick out one voice. It turns out that 1,000 people talking together sounds a lot like white noise. So … you are essentially creating a source of 1,000 voices. The voice next-door makes it 1,001 voices, and your brain can’t pick it out any more.

You can also get a white noise player for your computer. Mac downloads include a wave generator or a Noise (pink noise) and Noisy (pink or white noise) (Windows, Linux)

(Via Webware.com.)

(NB. Edited to add active link to Simply Noise.com)

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